Before the return of their number-one pick in 2010, Washington had the worst record in the NBA at an awful 5-28. In the 16 games that they’ve played with Wall, they’ve posted a 9-7 record and climbed out of the cellar of the league.
Wall has obviously been huge in this. Not only are his 14.6 points and 7.1 assists per game, as well as his general leadership, huge to their success, but he also opens up the games of guys like Martell Webster, Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal. They’ve been working as a more cohesive unit and playing with a ton of chemistry that has ultimately resulted in a minor amount of success for the team. However, that may not be the best thing for the Wizards.
The problem that results from that is every win that the Wizards get and when they move up the Eastern Conference standings, that’s worsening their position in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Most likely, they are still going to have a lottery pick at season’s end, but it won’t be high in the lottery. Considering that the upcoming draft class is widely regarded as thin, not having a high lottery pick could be a huge deal.
Though the Wizards are successful right now, they don’t exactly have a team that’s built for long-term success. They rely heavily on their perimeter players and have an assortment of mid-level post-players that don’t really compliment that. Washington really needs a star-level post presence to be a successful team in the future.
But if they move lower in the draft, they are less likely to get a young post-player that could be exactly what they need for the long-run.
They shouldn’t tank the rest of their season. However, what this does mean is that the Wizards are going to have to be very active on the trade-market before the Feb. 21 trade deadline and active in free agency in the offseason.
Considering that the Wizards haven’t been able to lure many quality free agents to Washington in recent years, that really makes things difficult for the organization. Regardless, they still have to be able to acquire a big man if they want to have future success. And it looks like the draft isn’t going to be an option for that if they continue their recent trend of success.